Trinidad and Tobago

Dealing with Construction Permits in

Trinidad and Tobago

Below is a detailed summary of the procedures, time and costs to build a warehouse in Trinidad and Tobago. This includes obtaining necessary licenses and permits, completing required notifications and inspections and obtaining utility connections.

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  • Standardized Company

  • Estimated Warehouse Value: TTD 8,000,000
  • City: Port of Spain
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Obtain cadastral sheet

The Land and Surveys Division of the Ministry of Housing, Land and Marine Resources provides vertical and horizontal survey control services to land surveyors,engineers and to the general public on request. This service provides professionals with the coordinates required to perform cadastral, geodetic and topographical surveys, and to produce location maps.
It should be noted that the Cadastral Sheet is not always ideal as a location map, but it is a base map which various agencies use for plotting and crross-referencing of projects. A copy of the relevant cadastral is therefore required in all submissions.
Location maps/sketches can be produced based on the criteria outlined below.

Agency: Land and Surveys Division of the Ministry of Housing, , Land and Marine Resources
1 day no charge
2 Obtain outline planning permission

Outline Planning Permission should be obtained prior an application for full planning permission is submitted. This Permission informs an applicant whether or not the type of development proposed is consistent with the existing land use policy and provides overall development standards applicable to the site. Submission of an outline application reduces the risk of unnecessary expense in the preparation of plans and technical drawings for a development that may not be approved.

To obtain outline planning permissionl, BuildCo must submit the following documents to the regional office responsible for the area concerned:

• Two copies of the completed “outline application form” (TCP/3). An Outline application form (TCP/3) can be obtained ‘online’ or from the nearest regional office
• Two copies of a location sketch with sufficient information for the site to be clearly and positively identified in the field.. Information such as the plot number, postal address, number of the nearest light pole or mile mark, prominent landmark, culvert, and other similar information, are useful on location sketches
• A copy of the cadastral sheet indicating the sheet reference and the area proposed for development. • A copy of the deed or oldest and latest tenancy receipts, and survey plan relating to the parcel of land to be developed
• While detailed plans and drawings are not required at this stage, a conceptual plan of the proposed development may be provided.

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On submission, the application is appointed a reference number and an acknowledgement slip is issued. This reference number is plotted on the Division’s cadastral and layout sheets and all relevant cross references are filed with the application.. The Development Control Inspector from the Town and Country Planning Division visits the site to collect information pertaining to the application. An evaluation and report are then submiited with the application for consideration. A notice of grant l or refusal of outline planning permission is prepared and sent by mail to the applicant. An application is process within a 2-month period.

Agency: Town and Country Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development
60 days no charge
* 3 Receive inspection to receive outline planning permission


Agency: Town and Country Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development
1 day no charge
4 Obtain approval of sewage and water project from the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA)

The New Services Department administers the approval of water and wastewater services to new buildings and developments.

The Water and Sewerage Authority, (WASA), inspects the site to prepare an estimate of the connection costs.

Agency: Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA)
35 days TTD 650
* 5 Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) inspects the construction site to prepare an estimate for connection

The Water and Sewerage Authority, (WASA), inspects the site to prepare an estimate of the connection costs.
Agency: Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA)
1 day no charge
* 6 Obtain approval from the Fire Department


Agency: Fire Department
30 days no charge
7 Obtain full planning permission

Planning permission must be obtained from the Town and Country Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning and Development before any development of land is physically undertaken on the site.

For full planning permission, applicants are required to submit the following documents to the regional office responsible for the area concerned:

• Four copies of the completed application form for permission to develop land (TCP/1)
• Four copies of a location sketch with sufficient information for the site to be clearly and positively identified in the field.. Information such as the plot number, postal address, number of the nearest light pole, mark of the nearest mile post, prominent landmark, culvert and other similar information, are useful on location sketches.
• Four copies of all plans and drawings that describe the proposed development (as applicable). All drawings are to be drawn at an appropriate scale for legibility and easy handling.
• Location and site plan showing the north sign.
• Copy of Deed and Survey plan for the site proposed for development.
NOTE: There are different requirements for applications for:
- Building operations
- Engineering operations
- mining operations
- Change of Use
- Subdivisions

(Refer to the Guide to Developers and Applicants for planning Permission)
• Floor plans and foundation plans.
• Elevations and sections.
• Structural drawings.
• Isometric drawings (for sewered buildings).
• Electrical drawings (for nonresidential buildings).
• Two copies of the completed application form for the utilization of land (LHA-2), which should be forwarded to the local authority. These forms can be obtained from the municipal corporation responsible for the area concerned.

On submission, the application is appointed a reference number and an acknowledgement slip is issued. This reference number is plotted on the Division’s cadastral and layout sheets and all relevant cross references are filed with the application. The Development Control Inspector from the Town and Country Planning Division visits the site to collect information pertaining to the application. An evaluation and report are then submitted with the application for consideration. The applicant is usually notified by mail, within a 2-month period, whether full planning permission has been granted.

Full planning permission may be granted unconditionally, or may be subject to specified conditions. Where planning permission is subject to conditions or refused, the reasons for the decision taken are included in a Notice of Determination. Failure to provide proper information will result in the application being returned to the applicant undetermined.

It is possible for several applications for different types of development to be submitted for one property, and get approved. Each of these planning permissions remains valid, unless otherwise specified, and in principle a developer may choose the one(s) they intend to implement.

The statutory period to respond the applicants TCP Act is within 2 months. This deadline is not usually observed.


Agency: Town and Country Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development
90 days TTD 450
8 Notify Regional Corporation of the completion of construction

BuildCo notifies the Town and Country Planning Division once it completes construction of the warehouse so that it may be inspected.
Agency: Regional Corporation
1 day no charge
9 Receive final inspection from the Regional Corporation

The Regional Corporation inspects the site and sends the certificate to BuildCo.
Agency: Regional Corporation
1 day no charge
10 Receive inspection and final approval from the Fire Department


Agency: Fire Department
1 day TTD 200
11 Obtain building completion certificate

The supervising department verifies whether the project is completed according to the specifications.
Agency: Town and Country Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning and Development
14 days TTD 1,000
* 12 Obtain water and sewage connection

For the drawings' submission the company would need a licensed plumber to submit the documents. The plumber does not have any other specific tasks except that they have to show up and submit the plans, many times they don’t even draw them themselves.
Agency: Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA)
60 days TTD 2,927
13 Obtain water and sewage completion certificate


Agency: Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA)
1 day no charge
* 14 Obtain telephone line


Agency: Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC)
14 days TTD 200
* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

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